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#13940 - 07/26/10 06:02 PM Charter Boat Recommendation
Jimpal Offline
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Registered: 02/28/08
Posts: 1045
Loc: Cumming, GA
I'm heading to Key West for Labor day, can anyone recommend a charter captain?
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#13949 - 07/27/10 02:28 AM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: Jimpal]
Capt. Clay C Offline

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Registered: 08/16/05
Posts: 4350
Compass Rose is the boat name. I will dig up the number. His last name is odd. If you are in a hurry, call Sea Boots and they will give you his number. Great guy and great fishermen. A friend of mine Ed Jilson lives down there and has fished with almost all of them and this guy is his favorite. Ed and I fished for Permit with him and had a great time.
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#13950 - 07/27/10 03:21 AM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: Capt. Clay C]
Jimpal Offline
"Line Breaker"

Registered: 02/28/08
Posts: 1045
Loc: Cumming, GA
Mike Weinhofer?
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#13952 - 07/27/10 03:34 AM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: Jimpal]
brett30030 Offline
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Registered: 11/25/07
Posts: 1365
Loc: Cumming, GA
Jim if you get down there and the seas are rough, get one of the guys that run the bay boats to take you out shark fishing. You don't want to end up with a 2 days fishing $1000 spanish mackeral like i had the last time i went down there.
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#13955 - 07/27/10 03:46 AM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: brett30030]
Capt. Clay C Offline

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Registered: 08/16/05
Posts: 4350
Mike is correct.
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#13956 - 07/27/10 03:46 AM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: brett30030]
Dan D Offline
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Registered: 02/12/09
Posts: 1350
Loc: Buford, GA
Holy Mackeral Brett! that bites bad huh?
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#13961 - 07/27/10 05:06 AM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: Dan D]
brett30030 Offline
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Registered: 11/25/07
Posts: 1365
Loc: Cumming, GA
Originally Posted By: Dan D
Holy Mackeral Brett! that bites bad huh?


It did, i actually did not even reel it in. When i realized that it was a little fish, i gave the rod to the son of one of the guys i was fishing with. He (the father)was still recovering from being seriously injured by an IED in Iraq and i figured that they deserved the fish more than i did.
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#14003 - 07/29/10 05:41 AM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: brett30030]
bigfish Offline
"Wall Hanger"

Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 486
Loc: McDonough, GA
Jim,

Did you never make it last year? My vote is still for Ryan Veach on the Super Grouper II (don't let boat name fool you, he fishes for everything).

I have been to Key West fishing about 10 times, and fished with Ryan 5 of those times, and would call him the best.

I agree with Clay. If you can get there when the permit are on the reefs, that's about as good as it gets (not sure if they will be there Labor Day).

I have caught sailfish, tarpon, amberjack, shark, grouper, snapper, etc. on diff trips. If you catch snapper or grouper, or any other good eating fish, take the filets to Half Shell Raw Bar and have them cook it for you (blackened, grilled & fried).

Bfish

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#14009 - 07/29/10 09:20 PM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: bigfish]
laxcoach Offline
"Trophy"

Registered: 08/29/09
Posts: 125
I've fished those deep waters and reefs my entire life.

I personally recommend getting a charter out of Islamorada rather than Key West. Find someone who fishes "the hump". It should be teaming with bait fish, tuna, amberjack, and mahi. Try not to go on a charter on a perfect day. Glassy water is not good for deep water fishing.

If bringing a boat, look for a weed line, rig some ballyhoo (or buy pre-rigged), and troll. I've caught everything you can imagine on a weed line, including marlin.

For reef fish, I've never bothered with a charter. It seems too easy to catch fish out there. Anyone can load up on fish given time, oats, and chum.

If you can snorkel and hold your breath for a bit, give lobstering a try. There are some great spots on the outside of Jewish basin near Key West. You can catch a lot of them in 3-10 feet of water if you have an eye for them. 10-30 ft of water in the same areas will yield even more lobsters since the weekend warriors won't snorkel that deep.

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#14017 - 07/30/10 03:58 AM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: bigfish]
Jimpal Offline
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Registered: 02/28/08
Posts: 1045
Loc: Cumming, GA
Thx for the recommendations, guys. I'll start making some calls.
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#14019 - 07/30/10 04:09 AM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: Jimpal]
Capt. Clay C Offline

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Registered: 08/16/05
Posts: 4350
I have always wanted to do the lobstering. That is next on my list the next time I make it down.
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#14028 - 07/31/10 04:59 AM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: Jimpal]
bigfish Offline
"Wall Hanger"

Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 486
Loc: McDonough, GA
Jim, this website has a chart on it that tells what is biting during each month, as well as other info that looks pretty good.

http://www.keywestproguides.com/capt_veach.shtml

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#14029 - 07/31/10 04:30 PM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: bigfish]
laxcoach Offline
"Trophy"

Registered: 08/29/09
Posts: 125

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#14031 - 07/31/10 11:28 PM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: Jimpal]
Striper Sniper2 Offline
"Line Breaker"

Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 1066
Loc: Banks County
Hope you have a good trip. Maybe you'll catch enough to have a fish fry at the Sept meeting. Some lobster would be great to Jim. Key west one weekend and Funfest the next, your gonna be a busy guy.

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#14065 - 08/03/10 02:08 AM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: Jimpal]
PLAN B Offline
"Line Breaker"

Registered: 12/25/08
Posts: 557
Loc: America
blackened, grilled & fried. I want it all. bring me everything.
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#14103 - 08/06/10 03:41 PM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: Capt. Clay C]
Whaler Crazy Offline
"Pan Size"

Registered: 10/30/06
Posts: 19
Loc: Lawrenceville, GA
I go down to Key West every July and just got back. I fish with Capt. Dan Zeir on the Second Nature. Young captain but no one is dialed into Mutton Snapper and wreck fishing like this kid. Even the other captains admit it. I also had the opportunity to fish with Coolcast charters on a night trip to the reef. I was very impressed even though the weather was not cooporating. Coolcast has the best deal going for split charters I thought. Here are the links to their sites.
http://www.coolcastcharters.com/
Capt Dan Zeir - http://www.fishinkeys.com/

Have fun, and if you want a great place to hang out for dinner try the Hogfish Grill over on Stock Island next to the Shrimp docks. No tourists at this place.

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#14696 - 09/14/10 04:46 AM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: Whaler Crazy]
Jimpal Offline
"Line Breaker"

Registered: 02/28/08
Posts: 1045
Loc: Cumming, GA
Spent a great morning out with Captain Ryan Veach on Thursday. Caught our limit of yellowtail (delicious) and a few bonita. Highlight was a large shark smacking into the transom while trying to get one of the bonita we had on the line.

Captain was a great guy & we had a lot of fun.

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#14705 - 09/14/10 04:25 PM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: Jimpal]
Charles Offline
"Line Breaker"

Registered: 06/05/07
Posts: 805
Loc: Cumming, GA
Awesome, Jim! We missed you at the Fun Fest, but it looks like you had bigger fish to fry.

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#14707 - 09/14/10 08:35 PM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: Charles]
bigfish Offline
"Wall Hanger"

Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 486
Loc: McDonough, GA
Good deal, Jim.

Glad you went out with Ryan, he is definitely a great Captain and good guy. I'm hoping to restart my annual trips with him next April or May (great time to go down there for fishing). Are they still fishing out of Stock Island?

Did you have the Half Shell Raw Bar cook your fish?

Brent

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#16714 - 01/29/11 03:24 AM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: bigfish]
bigfish Offline
"Wall Hanger"

Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 486
Loc: McDonough, GA
Jim,

I just set up another trip with Ryan for the first week in April. That is usually a good time for multiple species... Will post up on the outcome.

Brent

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#16718 - 01/29/11 03:31 AM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: bigfish]
Jimpal Offline
"Line Breaker"

Registered: 02/28/08
Posts: 1045
Loc: Cumming, GA
Should be fun. Please give him my regards.
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#28288 - 03/15/14 12:45 AM Re: Charter Boat Recommendation [Re: Jimpal]
bigfish Offline
"Wall Hanger"

Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 486
Loc: McDonough, GA
Just set up another trip in Key West with Capt Ryan for early May. Will hopefully have a good post and pics. Sailfish, tarpon, permit and mutton snapper fishing should all be good at this time.

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